Another great read from Dr. Mark Hyman

1. Eliminate food sensitivities.

One major study found hidden gluten sensitivity could increase the risk of death, including by leading to heart disease and cancer. Which means that by just this mechanism alone, more than 20 million Americans could be at risk for heart attack, obesity, and cancer.

Dairy and gluten are the most common triggers of food allergies linked to insulin resistance. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet can allow the inflamed gut and an inflamed body to heal.

Learn more about how to discover a gluten intolerance and spot hidden food sensitivities.

2. Reduce inflammation with the right foods.

Inflammation is the common thread connecting most chronic diseases,including cancer.

There are plenty of things you can do to reduce inflammation, including eating plenty of omega-3 rich foods, like wild fish and flaxseeds.

Find out more about the right foods to eat to fight inflammation, like leafy green vegetables and berries.

3. Improve your gut health.

Researchers are currently studying the link between the gut microbiome and breast and prostate cancers.

Beyond avoiding inflammatory foods, you can also add more probioticsand prebiotics to your diet — like miso and yogurt — to help cultivate a healthy gut garden. Consuming lots of phytonutrients in plants likecurcumin and resveratrol can help reduce gut-based inflammation.

4. Limit toxic exposure.

The average newborn has 287 chemicals in his or her umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system. Toxic chemicals have a broad range of negative effects on human biology, includingincreasing cancer risk, and contributing to obesity.

Going clean and green means becoming more aware about how environmental toxins affect your health. Visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to learn more, and find out what cancer-causing ingredientsyou should avoid, like BPA in water bottles and phthalates in beauty products.

5. Manage stress and live a healthy lifestyle.

Besides these strategies to combat cancer, I also strongly recommend sufficient sleep, controlling stress levels, and exercising regularly.

Overall, you should work to develop a healthy living plan and stick with it. That might involve working with a functional doctor or a chronic disease-specialist nutritionist.

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